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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Bette Midler to Play Mae West in HBO Film

HBO bucked the general biopic trend of focusing on a subject's early struggles this year with ´╗┐Behind the Candelabra´╗┐, which explored the last years of Liberace's life. Now the studio will do the same with a Mae West film, with Bette Midler playing the 1930s star.
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  • December 10, 2013 12:40 PM
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Bette Midler on Broadway in I'll Eat You Last

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Bette Midler Takes Broadway as Infamous Hollywood Agent Sue Mengers

The iconic Bette Midler is hitting Broadway again for the first time in 40 years playing another iconic woman, Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.
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  • April 12, 2013 12:30 PM
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Bette Midler as Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last

I am so there. Previews begin April 5. Tickets here.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 28, 2013 11:40 AM
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Bette Midler Returns to Broadway After 30 Years

Bette Midler is making a return to Broadway after a 30 year absence. She'll be starring as Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. Mengers is still regarding as the most powerful female talent agent in Hollywood history. She was groomed many of the biggest stars of the70s and 80s including Barbara Streisand. Mengers also was a Jewish refugee during WWII. She passed away in 2011.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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